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7th February 2020

Work Has Started On New Stores At Old Waitrose Site

BY: Ben Dain-Smith

Construction work has started at the site on Palmerston road where Barry's Waitrose once stood.

Credit - BBC

The store was sold to rival Anlo Properties, part of the Iceland group, after 15 years in business, as it was one of five Waitrose stores deemed to be no longer commercially sustainable and closed in June 2019.

The area will now be home to two stores, a Food Warehouse and Home Bargains.

Food Warehouse is a food and home-ware store formed in 2014. The brand already has over 100 locations but is focused on opening another 30 this year alone, trying to catch up with its parent Iceland, who now have over 800 stores. Home Bargains, the well known discount store, currently has another location in Barry on Thompson Street.

Local MP Alun Cairns said of the move back in May 2019: "I’m pleased that after the sad news that Waitrose would be closing that we have had two strong brands stepping forward to set up in Barry. After speaking with them, I’m impressed with their proactive approach and they have reassured me that they are keen to work with our community.

"This represents an investment of over half a million pounds through the adaptations they will make to the store. It’s a clear vote of confidence in Barry and, most importantly, I’m pleased that they are expected to employ similar numbers of people to Waitrose."

The new shops are aiming to be ready for summer this year.

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